IDC Staff Instructor

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course
IDC Staff Instructor

PADI IDC Staff Instructor Course

Why should I take the PADI IDC Staff Instructor course?

Staff InstructorJust as scuba divers look up to divemasters, instructor candidates really respect IDC Staff Instructors. As the name implies, IDC Staff Instructors assist with instructor training and share their wisdom and experience with new PADI leaders. Taking the IDC Staff Instructor course provides you with in-depth knowledge of the instructor development process and prepares you to shape the next generation of PADI Professionals. It’s also a great career move.

The PADI IDC Staff Instructor course is designed to provide PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainers with the additional training necessary to staff PADI Instructor Development programs. This course builds upon the IDC Staff Instructor candidate’s experience and abilities as a dive educator while concentrating on developing evaluation and counseling skills. Through independent study, classroom sessions, guided evaluation training and an internship, IDC Staff Instructor candidates learn to teach the PADI Assistant Instructor course and assist with instructor development programs.

The Dive Shop offers an easy schedule for the working person outside the dive industry. If this schedule does not work for you, private sessions are available.

Contact The Dive Shop for schedules, pricing options and other details.

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What do I need to start?

Master Scuba Diver Trainers (MSDTs) who are ready to be excellent role models and agree to use the PADI System and components in their entirety may enroll in an IDC Staff Instructor course.

There are 4 steps to complete the course:

  1. Pre-assessment
  2. Knowledge Development Sessions
  3. Evaluation Training
  4. Practical Application

Practical application provides IDC Staff Instructor candidates with an overall perspective of the instructor development process. There are two options for completing this segment. The preferred method (Option A – Auditing an IDC) is to have candidates observe organization, communication and preparation for an IDC, then audit all training segments, evaluation and counseling sessions. If auditing a complete IDC is not possible due to logistical constraints, then IDC Staff Instructor candidates may complete their training by presenting all curriculum components from the Assistant Instructor course for evaluation (Option B – Practical Training.)

What will I learn?

After a pre-assessment of your instructor-level knowledge of dive theory, exemplary dive skills and role-model presentation techniques, you’ll participate in these sessions:

  • Instructor development standards, procedures and curriculum
  • How to organize and conduct the PADI Assistant Instructor course
  • The psychology of evaluation and counseling
  • Evaluating knowledge development, confined water and open water teaching presentations

As an IDC Staff Instructor, you can independently teach PADI Assistant Instructor courses as well as assist with IDCs and other instructor-level continuing education courses.

Call 520-326-DIVE for more information.


The PADI System of diver education is based on progressive training that introduces skills, safety-related information and local environmental knowledge to student divers in stages. PADI courses are student-centered and provide maximum practice and realistic application.